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Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:06 am
Edited on: January 9, 2012 11:11 am
 

Tiger Woods took a pass on opening his 2012 season at a famed California venue where he has been a dominant force, not to mention where he claimed one of the game's most memorable U.S. Open victories.

Instead, he substituted another.

Marking one of his earliest commitments to a PGA Tour event in years, Woods on Monday said he will open his U.S. season at Pebble Beach on Feb. 9.

In a move that has caused a good amount of conversation, Woods eschewed starting his season at Torrey Pines, instead electing to make his Jan. 26 season debut the same week on the European Tour in Abu Dhabi, where he will receive an appearance fee.

Woods won the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2008, his last Grand Slam win, and has six regular-tour wins at the seaside course. He won the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by 15 shots, roundly considered the best performance by any player in major championship history.

The title sponsor at Pebble Beach is the same entity that backs Woods’ event in the Washington, D.C., area, the AT&T National, and the financial ties are a big reason for his presence in the field. He hasn’t played in the regular-season event at Pebble Beach since 2002, when painfully slow rounds were the norm.

Since then, the field has been pared from 180 pros and their amateur partner to 156, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club replaced Poppy Hills as one of the three courses used over 72 holes.

"I haven't been to this tournament lately, but I have a lot of good memories at Pebble,” he said on his website. “It will be fun going back."

In his most memorable regular-tour win at Pebble, Woods came from seven shots behind with seven holes to play to defeat Matt Gogel, now a Golf Channel broadcaster.

"It's always been one of my favorite spots," Woods said. "It might be the prettiest place on earth."

In his last start at Pebble, in the 2010 U.S. Open two years ago, Woods briefly contended but eventually finished T4, which matches his best finish in an official U.S. event since the sex scandal of late 2009. He closed with a 75.

The commitment a month out represents one of his earliest on record for a regular PGA Tour event that wasn't run by his charity -- and there's some overlap there. AT&T dropped the logo-bag deal it had with Woods during the height of the scandal, but remained as title sponsor of his foundation event. The communications giant also donated money to the construction of Woods foundation headquarters in Southern California.

As ever with Woods, there are financial strings attached.

In other words, he quite likely needs AT&T at least as much as the company needs him at this point -- a message seemingly underscored by the early commitment. The title sponsor of Woods unofficial offseason event in Southern California, Chevron, declined to re-sign as namesake last month, leaving a big void for the Woods camp to fill on the benefit-tournament front already.

In the past, Woods has usually waited until the day before the commitment deadline to throw his name in the hat as an entrant at regular PGA Tour events.

Category: Golf
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Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:55 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

albeemacaw, I'm guessing you were the "little boy". Maybe yo momma got something for you in her blouse.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

VeyForce

He is liked by 75% of the people? I highly doubt that. Well over 3/4 of the people I talk w/ despise the man.  And these are people that live in the Pinehurst andMalibu (Sherwood CC) areas. These are big tome golfers that are intelligent enough to look past his gulf swing and at the man.  A few years back a friend of mine was in a basement hallway (where the rats are) at a hotel in the Torrey pines (San Diego) area. Woods was slithering out and was greeted by an 8 year old little boy. He practically pushed the little boy out of the way leaving him w/ a few comments that put the boy into tears. Yes he is a great guy.




Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:48 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

Tiger's early commitment is a great thing for the tournament and the host. As much as people hate or at least say they hate him for ever one that does you will still find 3 that do not. And if he wins early this season that number will increase to 1(hater) to 5(likers). I am sure that there will be a number of FANS lined up to play with him. Tiger is still a major draw and his early announcment will stimulate ticket sales and help the event.

Haters please leave Mr. Woods alone. He made a mistake in his personal life and has done nothing illegal on the golf course.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:48 pm
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Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:36 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

People upset that he only plays certain events and now upset that he's playing in a tournament he been absent from. Whatever financial strings might be attached it's good to see him playing in a different tournament.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

So nobody would go halfway around the world in first class style and be paid $1 million (I'm guessing) to play 4 rounds of golf? I'd be there in less than the blink of an eye.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

I believe the sponsor at Abu Dhabi, HSBC, is also a sponsor of Woods' foundation.  Elling, you need to do some research and figure things out for yourself.  Yet again, you are letting your personal feelings about Woods cloud your ability to write.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

Gets a fee to play in the desert and I guess not one or not as large as one to play here in San Diego. Talk about being all about the money. Guess he would rather play in front of a bunch of Arabs instead of a bunch of Americans where his reputation could use a lift. May a camel spit in Tigers face on the 15th green.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

"And if you care in the slightest that this will be Tiger's debut, then please kill yourself immediately."  --sportsdvl 

I will if you will (fingers crossed), because you so obviously do. (Care, that is. And NOT in a GOOD way.)



Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:52 pm
 

Woods to make Pebble site of his U.S. debut

What lucky person gets him in the pro-am....


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